Cathy Blodgett, Lynn Orndorf, Cathy Coker, Karen Fritzen, Paula Tai,
Donna Ramsey, Sharon Brideweser, Linda Zeilberger
(a different shot was chosen for publication -- see the next page)
I knew Cathy Coker and Paula Tai because they sat at my
table in biology class the previous year. I didn't say much to them, but I listened a lot. Cathy and I dissected a cow
heart together, which was as close as I got to "dating" anyone that
When I was in college, I showed my photo album to my friend David Lisle,
a musician. He saw the picture above, with the caption "Cheerleaders,"
and said "Hey, these aren't cheerleaders, they're song queens!"
"What's the difference?" I asked. "Well, cheerleaders lead cheers. Song
queens do dance routines to music." I failed to see the importance of the
distinction. "Since they don't sing, why don't they call them
'dance queens'?" He couldn't answer that.
I thought of another difference. There were some male cheerleaders
(like Roger Marumoto and Mike Gros in 1971), but no male song queens. Males can dance
as well as females; just look at Baryshnikov or Nureyev. Why not have a mixed-gender
performance group? They could be called "song royalty," although that term doesn't quite have the same ring to it. I
also have to admit that Baryshnikov and Nureyev wouldn't look so impressive if they danced with pom-poms.